RICHMOND — Kerry Wynn graduated from the University of Richmond with a history degree. He is going back in time as a football player, position-wise.
Wynn, a 6-foot-5, 270-pounder from Louisa, began his Spiders’ career as a defensive end. He played primarily inside, as a tackle, during his final two seasons at UR. As Wynn preps for this weekend’s NFL combine, he is viewed as a prospect at defensive end. Some teams see him as a potential outside linebacker.
"They fit my body type and my overall abilities," Wynn, who reported to UR as a 205-pound freshman, said of end and linebacker.
He leaves for Indianapolis on Friday, and "then it’s a pretty busy four-day period from what I hear," Wynn said. "Everything I’ve been doing up to this time is training and gearing up for the combine. So I feel like I’m prepared and ready to go and will put my best foot forward. I’m excited for the opportunity."
On the recommendation of his agent, Wynn has been working out at a training facility in Pensacola, Fla. Prior to that, he participated in the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 18.
"I think I did a lot of positive things there, definitely left my mark, I would say," said Wynn. "It wasn’t perfect, not every play is going to be perfect, but I think I had a good week of practice and the game went well for me, too."
Scouts like Wynn’s strong hands and the fact that he played very well in the Spiders’ 23-21 loss at N.C. State as a senior. They project him as a late-round selection in May’s NFL Draft, and believe he has a good chance to make a team as a defensive end or be retained on a practice squad.
Wynn played only eight games as a sophomore because of an elbow injury, but still led the Spiders in sacks (4), tackles for loss (7) and quarterback hurries (5). Wynn moved from end to tackle prior to his junior season. According to Richmond coach Danny Rocco, the change was made in order to simultaneously get the program’s best four defensive linemen on the field.
Wynn got outside-rush opportunities on passing downs, but mostly played inside through the second half of his college career. Last season, the Spiders went 6-6 and Wynn was bothered by a high ankle sprain he suffered in a loss at Gardner-Webb on Sept. 14. He said he didn’t feel nearly 100 percent until November.
"It wasn’t the senior season that I wanted both in wins and overall individual performance," said Wynn, who was a Spiders’ captain.
Wynn said that the intelligence he has received agrees with the scouts’ projections, that he likely will be selected between the fourth and sixth rounds of the NFL Draft.
"We’ll see how it turns out," he said. "Hopefully I can increase my value for teams with a good weekend."